Living Hope Church wants the Victoria Road prison site



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A church has registered its interest in using the former Victoria Road prison site.

The Living Hope Community Church confirmed that it has contacted the government over plans to build a permanent church on the site.

The congregation of the Douglas branch of the church currently near the Palace Cinema and Studio on Central Promenade.

Lead pastor Jonathan Stanfield said: ‘We have been looking for a suitable plot of land within Douglas to build a permanent home, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to explore the former prison site with the government.’

The church also has branches in Port St Mary, Peel and Ramsey.

The pastor added: ‘Living Hope Community Church has grown from around 80 people to over 600 people, and are very active in the community.

‘As well as vibrant Sunday morning services we have a number of community based activities during the week including more than 150 attending Toddle Inn, a parents and tots group, youth groups, counselling in such things as marriage, debt and addiction.’

The government has held a six-week public consulation, which closed on April 11, on the future use of the former prison site.

Read our recent story about that here.

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